Published: Tue, 25 March 2014
Historic Match Between GAA’s Most Unique Teams
A historic match between two of the most unique teams in Gaelic Games – the Police Service of Northern Ireland GAA club and Belgium GAA club, took place at the weekend in Brussels. The match was the brainchild of Sean Kelly MEP, former GAA President and Honorary President of Belgium GAA. The match was played under lights, with Belgium GAA winning by 3-16 to 2-7.
“The PSNI GAA club is a key part of the Peace Process. Alongside the GAA’s abolition of Rule 21 under the Presidency of Joe McDonagh, to the removal of Rule 42 under my Presidency, it has been about being open and constructive in fostering peace in the North. I wanted to encourage the great work of the PSNI GAA in fostering our games and ensuring that there is positive cross-community engagement in the North.
“Therefore it was an honour to be able to facilitate them in playing a challenge match vs Belgium GAA,” Mr Kelly said.
“I would like to pay particular tribute to Terry Jackson, Managing Director of Kukri Sports, who sponsored the PSNI GAA on their trip over.
“Here’s to more such matches being played as it allows the True Gaels of the PSNI to play our games North and South, in Europe and beyond,” he concluded.